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NTSB RECOMMENDS FAA ADDRESS FATIGUE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN AVIATION

June 10, 2008

Washington, DC -- The National Transportation Safety Board today made two recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to address human fatigue within aviation operations.  The Board recommended that the FAA develop guidance, based on empirical and scientific evidence, for operators to establish fatigue management systems, including information about the content and implementation of these systems. 

The Board also made a recommendation to develop and use a methodology that will continually assess the effectiveness of fatigue management systems implemented by operators, including their ability to improve sleep and alertness, mitigate performance errors, and prevent incidents and accidents.  

“The Safety Board is extremely concerned about the risk and the unnecessary danger that is caused by fatigue in aviation,” said NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker.  “We have seen too many accidents and incidents where human fatigue is a cause or contributing factor.”

The Board’s recommendations letter cites three accidents and an incident highlighting the danger of human fatigue within airline operations:

“It is imperative that the FAA take action to reduce human fatigue in airline operations,” Rosenker said.  “Addressing this safety related measure is long overdue.  We must and can correct this serious concern.”     

The Safety Board's recommendation letter, including the recommendations, will be available on the website, www.ntsb.gov, under Board Meetings. 

NTSB Media Contact:
Terry N. Williams
202-314-6100
williat@ntsb.gov

 

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